Overemployed Remote Workers

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A recent article in Business Insider features the profiles of three remote tech workers who secretly worked multiple jobs for extra income and avoided being caught by their employers. These “overemployed” workers reportedly earned over 300K working two or three remote jobs simultaneously. The income were verified, the Insider reports.

Avoiding detection can come with massive rewards. In recent months, Business Insider has spoken with three people who’ve earned over $300,000 working two or three remote jobs simultaneously. They’ve used the extra money to pay off their mortgages, save for their kids’ college education, pay medical bills, and plan for an earlier retirement.

Pulling this off isn’t easy, so “overemployed” people appear to be a very small share of the US workforce. Job juggling also comes with some risks. While working multiple jobs at once may not violate federal or state laws, it may breach some employment contracts and be a fireable offense if a worker is ever found out.

– Business Insider

The Business Insider asked the workers how they avoided suspicion, and they answered this way:

  • Be good, not great, at all of your jobs. “It’s important to be good at your job so your bosses don’t suspect anything, he said. For some workers, this might mean focusing on just two jobs rather than three. “Always be available, respond promptly, and do good work. Keep deadlines, and if you can’t, communicate that ahead of time,” told one remote worker.
  • Don’t double-book meetings and confide in a trusted friend. Another remote worker said: “To avoid suspicion, managing his work calendars was key. On his first job’s digital work calendar, for instance, he’d add any meetings or obligations he had for the other two jobs, labeling them as “private” so no one could see the descriptions. This helped him avoid double-booking and prevented him from being bothered during these periods. “If you keep your Outlook calendar up to date, you should never have a conflict,” he said.
  • If you’re productive at your jobs, your bosses might look the other way. Third remote worker said: “The best way to avoid suspicion is to be very productive at both jobs, which he said came down to a combination of luck, practice, and skill. Additionally, the skills he’s learned in one job have sometimes helped him become more productive at his other job, he said.

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